When Er Hou is widowed for the third time, the credulous locals in her village believe she is cursed. The young woman turns superstition to her advantage, rebranding herself as a shaman, peddling life advice and supernatural quick fixes in return for food and shelter.
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A blend of the modern and ancient China. Enduring shots of snow covered vistas and talk around meals, this film's acerbic humor wrapped around unexpected tragedies and miracles made it an intriguing experience. I'm looking forward to the director's next film.
4.5 Great companion film to "Sulieman Mountain" (2017). The sound mix is a spooky complement to both living and ghost presences in the vast countryside, Loved Er Hao: a woman who becomes a superhero in order to keep her freedom. Heart-rending scenes of desolation, isolation, greed, disinformation, and despair. The confession box fire is the ultimate burning/unburdening of so many people's hunger for absolution.
4.5 Una mezcla de elementos sobrenaturales y sátira social, con una mujer que aprovecha su fama de hechicera para sobrevivir al invierno y ayudar a los necesitados, especialmente a otras mujeres. Interesante historia de una joven que decide no ser una víctima y tomar el control de su vida, sólo para aprender el alto precio de ayudar al prójimo en un mundo cruel, estúpido, supersticioso y materialista.
One of those beautiful movies about bad things happening, repeatedly, to good and bad people alike. Mostly due to the greed, fear and stupidity of most human beings. Perseverance meets devastation and flames.
Tian Tian plays a thrice-widowed, a second-born local who is gradually isolated from her community of greedy, self-serving chauvinists, assumes the role of shaman with unexpected success. A directorial debut and both mysterious and understated, the film holds our attention even though, at times, the story was slightly obscure.